Today’s feedback comes from a W.N. of Australia who heard a CMI speaker describe the Hawkesbury Sandstone near Sydney, Australia.

Hawkesbury Sandstone forms steep cliffs along coast near Sydney.

To CMI,

A CMI speaker stated recently that Patrick Conaghan, geologist, has said that a wall of water 20 metres high and 250 kilometres wide had been involved in forming the Hawkesbury Sandstone. This is also stated in a CMI article on the subject, with the reference given: Bulletin of the Geological Survey of NSW 26:188–253.

I have tried to see if I can view the original article but so far am unsuccessful. I found one comment from a writer who said he had viewed the article and that no such reference to a wall of water is in it. There are numerous creationist site references repeating the claim of the wall of water, and one reference mentioning a newspaper piece of a wall of water 20 km [sic] high and 250 km wide!

There was and abstract I saw on “Dynamic Fluvial Basin for Sydney Basin” Journal of Geological Society of Australia 29:55–70 which gave no indication of such walls of water.

Are you able to state categorically that Patrick Conaghan did make such a statement? If not, will you withdraw or modify your article?

Yours sincerely,

W.N.

Tas Walker responds:

You correctly note that CMI speakers and articles on the CMI website refer to geologist Patrick Conaghan saying that a wall of water 20 metres high and 250 kilometres wide had been involved in depositing the Hawkesbury Sandstone….

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